This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
The results of a 1994 poll of dozens of distinguished film critics and historians, who each picked their top 100 European films. Part of the book "100 dias 100 filmes".
We present here an extended version of that top 100, with all film selected by more than 10 voters.
Among the responses Cinemateca received, we can find those of Anti Alanen (Helsinki), João Bénard da Costa (Lisboa), Paolo Bertetto (Torino), Freddy Buache (Lausanne), André Chevallier (Lausanne), José Manuel Costa (Lisboa), Robert Daudelin (Montréal), Catherine Gautier (Madrid), Chris Horak (Rochester), Mathias Knop (Wiesbaden), Alain Marchand (Paris), Bernard Martinand (Paris), David Meeker (London), Ib Monty (Kobenhavn), Anne Morra (New York, MOMA), Dominique Païni (Paris), Enno Patalas (Munchen), José Maria Prado (Madrid) and Sergio Toffetti (Torino).
Below is a subset of Roger Ebert's list of great films containing only those in his book "The Great Movies", published in 2002. The Apu Trilogy, Decalogue, and Up Documentaries are all broken out separately, hence more than 100 listings.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"They are not 'the' 100 greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it's fair to say: If you want to make a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here."
Per Films de France: "Just about everybody seems to be busy compiling their Top 100 films lists these days, so we thought we’d have a go. Here are what we (humbly) consider to be the best 100 (and a bit) French films so far..."
100 Essential Favorite Movies chosen by
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
"Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. Wait, no, that makes it sound too easy.
Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child, knowing that the rest of her kids will be taken away. Nope, that still makes it sound too easy.
Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child, knowing that the rest of her kids will be killed. Okay yes, that's exactly how it feels.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is why we are presenting the Alamo 100, and not the Alamo 10 or the Alamo 50.
When we first had the idea of compiling a list of our most cherished films, we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the criteria, and not just because we wanted to put off this Sophie's Choice for a while longer. There are plenty of lists, based on everything from cinematic achievement to popularity, floating around the celluloid landscape, and we wished to avoid redundancy in adding our own voice to the pile.
In the end, it all boiled down to the fact that we just love the hell out of movies. And so this list is defined, not by filmmaking genius or cultural impact, but by the space reserved in our hearts. The Alamo 100 encompasses the movies that we wore out on VHS, the films our friends are sick of hearing us rave about, the cinematic gems that feel like living, breathing members of our family. This is a list that reminds us why we fell in love with cinema in the first place, and why the magic of that romance will never fade.
A quick glance at the Alamo 100 reveals the incredible diversity of taste on the national programming team, which consists of Tim League, RJ LaForce, Greg MacLennan, Tommy Swenson, Joe Ziemba and myself. We're incredibly proud of the fact that our passions encompass 1960s French films and modern day rom coms, Kubrick masterpieces and epic action flicks, obscure trash-horror and feel-good classics. There is simply no classification that can contain our devotion to the silver screen.
In order to generate the Alamo 100, each programmer first created his or her own list of 100 favorites, a Herculean task that caused a fair amount of heartache in the office. These titles were then compiled and ranked based on two factors: 1. their rank on each programmer's list 2. the number of times the title appeared on more than one list. The results are an eclectic mix of shoe-ins and surprises, and we hope that this wildly divergent collection leads to many conversations within the Alamo community. You can explore the full list at Alamo100.com, where you can see which titles drew the most votes and also check out each programmer's individual favorites to find out with whom your tastes most align.
In January, we're launching the Alamo 100 in all of our theaters with seven titles that capture the spirit of this list, and throughout the year, we'll be screening many more. Because we can't live without these movies, and we can't let you live without seeing them."
(Note: the list counts The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as one entry.)
Below is a subset of Roger Ebert's list of great films containing only those in his book "The Great Movies II", published in 2005. Originally I only listed three full-length feature films in lieu of Ebert's "Buster Keaton" chapter, but I have since brought this list in line with the official iCheck version of Ebert's Great Movies. Now Buster's body of work "from 1920 to 1929" is represented by selections 18-48 below.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"One of my delights in these books ... has been to include movies not often cited as 'great' ... We go to different movies for different reasons, and greatness comes in many forms."
Patricia Aufderheide's list from 'Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction' - part of the highly regarded series from Oxford University Press.
"These documentaries have been widely seen and discussed, and have been in many cases at the center of controversies; in other cases they have provided valuable teaching resources. They are all accessible for renting or buying for your private collection. You can use the index in this book and other books mentioned in the references, imdb.com, your local library, Netflix, Google, and the Library of Congress to find out more about why these films have attracted attention and esteem. Viewing this collection will set you up nicely with a context to watch your latest favorite, argue with the list, and build your own top one hundred."
Taking Pictures (1996) (http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/taking-pictures/)
Scott Weinberg's list of 100 "required viewing" or "favorite" science fiction films. Scott's a critic at FEARnet, Twitch, and Movies.com. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/scott-weinberg/movies.php
Films For Action's top 100 documentaries inspiring the shift to a sustainable paradigm.
5. Lifting the Veil: Obama and the Failure of Capitalist Democracy (2011)
8. In Transition 2.0 (2012)
15. Dream Worlds 3: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video (2007)
32. Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2003)
43. Democratic Schools
49. War By Other Means (1992)
58. Permaculture - A Quiet Revolution (2008)
62. Education For a Sustainable Future (2012)
63. Toxic Sludge Is Good For You (2002)
66. Subconscious War (2011)
69. Class Dismissed (2004)
74. The Evilness of Power (2008)
76. Big Bucks, Big Pharma (2006)
82. Perma Kultcha (2010)
85. Waste = Food (2007)
88. Punishment: A Failed Social Experiment (2012)
94. Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education (2006)
96. Coming Home: The Reinvention of Localized Economies
97. Greening Sacred Spaces
98. Permaculture - Farms for the Future (2008)
Below is a subset of Roger Ebert's list of great films containing only those in his book "The Great Movies III", published in 2010.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"I believe great movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. Here's a third book filled with windows."
The goals with this list were as follows: To, try not to include more than one film from the same director. Two, to cover a broad range of topics and styles, and not just what is currently popular.
Movie with not IMDb-entry:
La Operacion (Ana Maria Garcia, 1982)
100 best short films of all times as selected by the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in 1995
Siamo donne - segment "Anna Magnani" by Luchino Visconti
4 x 4 - segment "Uppehåll i myrlandet" by Jan Troell
Not on IMDb:
Boxumaleen!! - L'an... Fer by Amet Diallo
Senegal / 1991 / Fiction / 30'00
L' Obstacle by Mohamed Bouamari
Algeria / 1966 / Fiction / 17'00
Tervanpolttoa Lapissa by author unknown
Finland / 1916 / Documentary / 05'00
El Tragico final de Gardel by Gonzalo Et Alvaro Acevedo
Colombia / 1935 / Documentary / 11'00
I'm a devoted fan of 80's cinema and during the last five to six years I've seen around 500 - 600 of the most popular or critically acclaimed movies hailing from this decade. Due to this enjoyable movie marathon I've been given the opportunity to re-evaluate these classical movies and measured them against eachother and against modern day standards. The result is highly subjective, but keep in mind that I was/am a man aged 28-33, which to some degree influences what kind of movies I like/liked. Check out the comments section for explanations.
A list created during the turn of the 100-year anniversary of Indian cinema. It was a painstaking process, and a lot of research was done to give this list an objective feel. The list is based off AFI's list of 100 Greatest American Films and Johnathan Rosenbaum's Alternative 100. Films of all Indian languages are present, from Hindi to Marathi to Tamil to Telugu, to even Assamese. Three major criteria were considered for this list, in order of priority:
1. Cultural/artistic impact on India and the world - most important
2. Critical acclaim in India and abroad - 2nd most important
3. Popularity/cult status - 3rd (and least) important
IMDb Indian Cinema Board's list of the greatest Bollywood films. Three ranking criteria were used:
1. Legacy. Which movies had the most influence on Indian cinema?
2. Quality. How well made was the film, from a technical and artistic standpoint?
3. Accolades. How many awards and recognitions did the movies win?
Based on the book by Andrew Heritage. Over 1,500 key movies are referred to in this book, but only the 100 main entries are to be found on this list.
11-20: Action & Adventure
21-30: Romance & Melodrama
41-50: Thrillers & Crime
81-90: Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
"An entirely subjective list of 100 essential fantasy films", as compiled by Jeff Kuykendall, editor of MidnightOnly.com.
"First off, this list is entirely personal. You will have 100 of your own. The intention is to draw a broad outline of fantasy films since the start of cinema in hopes that the reader might find some helpful recommendations. It’s an admittedly ludicrous endeavor to define 100 of the most essential of anything, which is why this is just “100 Essential Films of the Fantastic,” not the most essential. To pare this last down to 100, I found myself discarding many acknowledged classics, and holding tight to others for the sake of variety or my own passion for them."